Dos and don’ts of GD, Group Discussion

Dos and Don’ts of participating in Group Discussion

As you have to participate in a Group Discussion. several questions spring across your mind. You want to know what actions and gestures can get you positive points and what can cost you the selection. Here’s a list of Dos and Don’ts of participating in the GD.

Dos of participating in a GD:
  • Listen to the subject carefully
  • Put down your thoughts on a paper
  • Initiate the discussion if you know the subject well
  • Listen to others if you don’t know the subject
  • Support you point with some facts and figures
  • Make short contribution of 25-30 seconds 3-4 times
  • Give others a chance to speak
  • Speak politely and pleasantly. Respect contribution from other members.
  • Disagree politely and agree with what is right.
  • Summarize the discussion if the group has not reached a conclusion.
Don’ts of participating in a Group Discussion
  • Initiate the discussion if you do not have sufficient knowledge about the given topic.
  • Over speak, intervene and snatch other’s chance to speak.
  • Argue and shout during the GD
  • Look at the evaluators or a particular group member
  • Talk irrelevant things and distract the discussion
  • Pose negative body gestures like touching the nose, leaning back on the chair, knocking the table with a pen etc.
  • Mention erratic statistics.
  • Display low self confidence with shaky voice and trembling hands.
  • Try to dominate the discussion
  • Put others in an embarrassing situation by asking them to speak if they don’t want.

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about gd
if all others start with positive points then is it good start with negative point even if it valid for the topic
SUSHINDHARAN.V 02-6-2016
Can we disagree with someone s statement directly?
Can we disagree with someone s statement directly?
Sushant Bhalla 08-25-2015
Group Discussion
Most of the candidates believe that "One who speaks most in the GD, wins." However, they forget that it is a group activity where everyone must be given a chance. The one who tries to dominate, looses.

Thanks for clearing the misconception.
Ashutosh 11-8-2011
Speak and let others speak
Write down your views and make small contributions many times. A group discussion is not a speech where only one person has to speak. So, let others also speak.
Venkatesh 11-8-2011